Google Scholar

How to Use Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar on campus?

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Using Google Scholar from off campus?

Due to recent changes made by Google, you'll need to do a one-time set-up for your account to access full-text articles available through UTSA Libraries.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in to your Google account
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click Library Links
  5. Search for UTSA
  6. Click UTSA Libraries – Available Now @ UTSA
  7. Click SaveAvailable Now @ UTSA

If you access Google Scholar directly at without logging in and creating library links, full-text linking will not be available, and you may be asked to pay.

Follow the Available Now @ UTSA link for instant access to an article. If you don't see the link, submit a Get It For Me request, and we’ll get the material from another library for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between searches in Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books?
While regular Google is something we use every day, Google has other tools for finding more specialized content. With Google Books, you can search the full text of books. In most cases, the entire book is not available online, but Google Books will display brief previews of books on your topic which you can then locate at the UTSA Libraries using Library Quick Search, or purchase from an online seller (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). Keep in mind that Google Books is not completely comprehensive and does not contain all books. If you have trouble locating a book, contact your librarian. If scholarly journal articles or technical reports are what you're after, use Google Scholar.
What can I find in Google Scholar?
Search Google Scholar for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and websites.


While there is overlap between Google Scholar, Library Quick Search, and individual library databases, it’s helpful to have a variety of research tools in your arsenal. Google Scholar links to many online journal articles, but it does not link to all of the articles available in the UTSA Libraries’ online databases. By the same token, you may find sources in Google Scholar that aren’t available through the UTSA Libraries.

When should I use Google Scholar?
Google Scholar yields broad and comprehensive search results for your topic, especially when looking for sources from different disciplines. Scholar is also awesome for identifying related research or for locating sources that have cited your original article. Similar to Google Alerts, Search Alerts are a nice additional benefit for the most current information on your topic.


If you are doing research primarily within one discipline, though, Google Scholar may be too broad. You can always browse the UTSA Libraries databases to find a database that fits your area.

How can I get the full text if there isn't a link or if I'm asked to pay?

As long as you access Google Scholar from the library website or have added UTSA Libraries as your library in your Google Scholar settings, just click the link to the right of an individual item to access the full text.

When there is no link, search by title in Library Quick Search to find the item online. If we do not have the item, we can get it for you! Just submit a Get it For Me request.

If we do not have the item, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request via ILLiad, and we will get it from another Library for you.
If you have trouble locating the item, Ask Us Anything.

How do I find the most recent research on my topic?

Search by date using the Google Scholar advanced search. From the results page, you can also “sort by date” or select a custom date range the date to the left of your search results.

How do I do an advanced search in Google Scholar?

Use the Advanced Scholar Search page to search for a particular author or an article in a particular journal.

What does "Cited by" mean?

By clicking "Cited by," you will get sources that have cited the original source. Results are sorted by citation count, a useful way to determine relevance. This list only includes sources in Google Scholar.

Can I search through my "Cited by" results using additional terms?

Yes, just click ‘Search within citing articles’ under the original source on your results page.

What does "Library Search" mean?

For each item that is available in a local library, you’ll see ‘Library Search’ under ‘More.’ ‘Library Search’ links to WorldCat where you can find other libraries nearby that have the item.

Request items owned by other libraries by clicking ‘Request Item’ in WorldCat. If UTSA Libraries owns the item, you'll see a ‘Check UTSA Lib Holdings’ link. Just follow this link for access options.

To configure Google Scholar to send references to EndNote:
  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Click "Settings" in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Under "Bibliographic Manager" select the ‘Show links to import citations into’ and choose ‘EndNote’ in the drop down box.
  4. Click Save’.

For more information about Google Scholar, click here.

Questions? Just pop into the chat widget in the lower right of our website for answers.

To import Google Scholar results into EndNote:
  1. Open your Endnote library.
  2. From your results page, click the “Import into Endnote” link for each reference you want to import.
  3. If prompted to "Open" or "Save" the file, choose to “Open.”

For more information about Google Scholar, click here.

Questions? Just pop into the chat widget in the lower right of our website for answers.

How can I get more help?
Ask Us Anything